The word pandemic doesn't say anything about the deadliness of the virus. Just it's ability to spread consistently. The thing with fighting viruses is that once grows to become a pandemic. It's very hard to fight. You have to have a consistent effort globally. That is why they were worried from the beginning. It's easier to fight a disease when it's only infecting Indonesian Chicken farmers then when a Lawyer from Edinburgh gets it and takes a 777 to USA. Infecting hundreds of people.